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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,374 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,374
Reviews: 2,561
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 175
Gots: 602 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of dqrull
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black brew with a thick, solid head that last nicely.

Well... if I was blindfolded and knowing what beer this was, I'd have guessed on a well hopped IPA containing some roasted malts, this is really hoppy, don't think I've ever encountered an imperial stout this hoppy before. But I like it! The first thing you get is obviously a huge hop prescense, but behind it are some nice and mellow notes of roasted malts along with a fudgy maltiness with a small sling of chocolate at the edges. A nice combination, but it gets a little sickish in the long run.

Taste starts off brutally with lots of sweet grassy and resiny hops, but seamlessly over into an almost as huge, but not as sweet, roasted malt-onslaught, with dark bitter chocolate and fudge and a hint of liqourice. Finishes off really bitter, with both hop-bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malt.

Carbonation is slightly too stingy for me, but overall it 's okay in the mouth.

Photo of irishking1977
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had too many RIS, but heard good things about Storm King. Figured I'd give it a shot.

A: From the bottle poured a deep black with a tiny tan head with virtually no lacing. Pretty decent and intense looking brew.

S: Malt and bitter chocolate is prominent with some hops in there.

T: Lots of bitter, unsweetened chocolate with a malty and hoppy background. I was expecting a sweeter profile, but this is pretty good anyhow. Just not exactly what I expected.

M: Highly carbonated and dry with a slight prickly finish, probably due to the high ABV.

D: I could drink a few of these, but after three I'd probably look to drink something else.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Romans. Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black with a small one finger chocolate colored head. Moderate lace rings are left after settling.

The aroma is rather hoppy. Once past the hops you get chocolate, coffee, molasses, dates, figs and maybe a touch of dark fruit.

The flavor is very hoppy. more hops then I'm used to in a RIS. A decent amount of chocolate and coffee. There's a flavor in here that I just can't discern. It's not bad but it's something I've never tasted in a RIS.

Medium to full body. Almost no carbonation if any. Lightly chewy.

Overall a decent RIS. Not the best of the style but a sippable beer with lots of flavor.

Photo of therica
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= very dark almost black, with modest brown-chocolate head (carefully poured) and lots of lacing.

S= huge roasted-roasted malts with bold hops florals, some fruit and citrus plus occasional brandy-esque alcohol whiffs.

T= bold dark-dark dry roasted malts, great bold hops florals, occasional toffee hints on the sides of the tongue, sometimes some sour brandy alcohol hints and some nutty-ness.

M= very chalky dry, with light sweet toffee syrup effect, dry enough to make my lips stick together but not astringent.

D= drinkable for maybe a few but it's so bold and also high in ABV% that I couldn't tolerate much more at one sitting. Definitely worth having one or more, though. Would probably go great with a slightly too-sweet chocolate dessert to tamper the sweetness.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-exxtremely dark brown color, almost black, that pours a relatively thick three fingers of head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass

S-the smell isn't huge and brings some roasted malts up front, it is has a sort of musky alcohol smell with some sweet dark fruit and touch of citrus coming in at the end

T-some light bitter chocolate comes in first, faint though, a musky earthy malt comes in next that is balanced by some sweet dark cherry and plum finishing with a bitter metalic taste

M-relatively full bodied, not big, pretty smooth and sharp crisp finish with some of the alcohol becoming present in the form of a burn on the back of the throat

D-its an ok imperial stout at best, it has some big flavors; but nothing that is exceptionally tasty. somewhat burnt and brings a metallic like taste towards the finish.

Photo of charliez
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK this is my first review. I never liked dark beer, only had a few. This was really nice, perhaps my taste have matured with age. Color was almost pitch black and opaque, good two finger head that lasted a while leaving lacy rings on glass. My taste buds may have been killed by 30 years of smoking so I can't tell if it was chocolaty or malty but it was good. After having one I could feel the buzz, will not drive for a while. I have 5 more bottles and look forward to enjoying each one.

Photo of samie85
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/22.

A-Deep black with a minimal dark brown head.

S-Floral hops with chocolate malt and some sweet alcohol.

T-Coffee upfront with floral hops. The aftertaste is almost medicinal/herb-like and reminds me of Campari.

M-This one was a little thin bodied for my taste with moderate carbonation.

D-It's not terribly easy to session but it is rather complex. I would like to give it another shot as I've heard Victory has some QC issues.

Photo of roan22
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a flip top growler filled by that machine at the Brewery.

Appearance. nice fine bubbles and lots of them, rich dark brown color with a teeny tan cap and minimal swirly head.

Smell: molasses, syrup, chocolate, raisins

Taste: smooth chocolately taste, nicely bitter in the back end. not too boozy.

Mouthfeel: finishes clean. little bit thin, but nice.

Drinkability: better than average for the style.

Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. Serious beer. Brewmaster has taken to heart the whole idea behind Imperial Stout. It is this beer. Poured with a nice sized tan head and good lace. Color is an opaque dark brown to almost black. Aroma is interesting; malty, roasty, good hop, yeast, old cheese, dark ripe fruit,& burnt sugar. Flavor's much the same except I really pick up the alcohol, mmm maybe more in the warmth than the flavor. Body is there, but not too heavy and certainly not light. Finish is all that flavor and booze and not too long. Couldn't really see it as a session although it sure is good.

Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent black with ruby edges, fluffy brown head, thick lace. Smell: roasted, slightly burnt, very slight milk chocolate, background leafy hops. Comes off a bit plastic-y, but I think it's the roasted / leafy combination... other RISs and black IPAs do that combination better though. Taste: hop forward... grassy, leafy, lemon rind... that seems to be the Victory hop profile no matter what the style is... milk and baker's chocolate, slightly astringent roasted character. Soft carbonation, astringent finish. This really comes off more like a black IPA than an RIS... maybe aging will change that. I did enjoy this one and I'll probably pick up more, but it doesn't seem to fit the style well at alll. Best by Nov 13, 2014.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a ruby highlight and one finger tan head. Smells of roasted hops, coffee, and chocolate. Silky smooth mouth feel. Initial taste is strong roasted hops and finishes with a rich brandy and port flavor with a punch of bitter black coffee and piny hops.

Photo of SourHopHead
2.79/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a deep brown, but mostly black with a tan head and good retention.

S- Chocolate, slight roasted smell. I didn't get any hop aroma at all.

T- Chocolate and roasty flavor. Finished dry.

M- Not much carbonation and tasted fairly thin.

D- A lot of flavors but chocolate and roast overpowered them all. Tasted on the thin side and I drank the 2 I had and I was done.

I expected more from Victory.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored one finger head that recedes by half. Head looks rich and creamy.

Aroma opens with dark roasted grain, chocolate and charred meat. Middle brings dark sweet fruit, caramel and molasses. Tail end of smell is creamy and slightly vanilla.

Flavor is dark roasted grain to open. Grain is coffee and caramelized sugar, molasses and burnt smokiness. Creamy and doughy breadiness. Middle is hop, straight hop. Hops are not prominent enough to pick out the type, but the bitterness comes out of no where. Finishes bitter and clean despite the sweet aroma. Surprising, to say the least. Booziness is very muted for the abv.

Mouthfeel is crisper and thinner than the appearance. Carbonation is soft and lush and the booze comes through at the swallow, warming slightly.

Pretty damn good, and not overly sweet for a RIS. I wish that some of the "DIPA's" I've had could reign in the sweetness like this does.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a mix and match pack for 2.50.

A - Dark brown with read hues and an impressive inch of tan colored head.
S - Hops is strong in this one along side of some coffee, chocolate, and fruit nodes.
T - Coffee and dark chocolate blend to a bit of heavy roast which is then taken away by a bitterness from the hops. Finishes rather dry.
M - Dry yet alcohol is well masked. Still one of the more hop forward RIS's I ever had
D - I would like to try this with some age but I don't believe this is the best rep of the style. More body and less hops.

Overall another interesting beer by victory but I will stick with my Old Rasputin.

Photo of dannyhipps
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 OZ. bottle poured completely into a goblet.

A- Deep dark brown, almost black. 1/2 inch tan head which fades quickly. Tiny and clumpy bits of lacing that remain fade quickly as well.

S- Whiffs of fermented grapes up front, hints of leather and earthy grassy hops.

T- Alot going on, namely sweet grape jelly and brown-sugar muffin up front crashing head-on into tea-like hop bitterness and earthy roots in the mid-to-finish.

M- This was the nail in this beer's coffin for me. Weak carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. Tannic and astrngent, literally leaving the palate nearly bone-dry on the finish.

D- Flavors abound, but clash with eachother more than complement. Was done after the 12 oz for sure.

I've heard nothing but raves about this beer for years, but couldnt see it when I finally drank it. To be fair, I've always jumped straight into Imperial Stouts as opposed to the standard stout, and will probably revisit this in the future.

Photo of Docer
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 12 oz. bottle just to try... had last night. Best before some date in 2014.

- Nice dark viscous black... little bit of mocha head... looks like most other stouts I guess lol..

- Interesting bright hoppy scented stout.... little off because before this I had an Old Rasputin XII.... little bit of chocolate malt, but more so an overpowering fruity hop.

- Not a big fan at all. I actually had to drain pour most of it because it just wasn't hitting the spot. The hops are way too overpowering in this stout. Don't get me wrong, I love some great bitetr hops in a stout, but not the fruity strong citrus kind... this stout to me is much more like a black IPA. Bitterness was great, but not the fruity and earthy notes... the malt backing was just kind of blah too and not very much depth.

- Carbonation was great, and somewhat medium bodied... little chewy and sticky.

- Overall this wasn't drinkable for me... the hops sometimes put off a 'B.O.-like" aroma and taste... and was just too fruity and citrusy.... Not one I will be buying again.

Photo of tjd112
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased in growler form at the Interstate Market/Exxon Station near Exit 75 on I-78 in Easton, PA

Presentation - Poured pitch black, with half-finger off-white head with VERY attractive lacing

Smell - Very citrus-hoppy for the style, a small bit of earthiness

Taste - Roasty malts, a bit of unsweetened chocolate and coffee notes at the back

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied, a very dry finish

Drinkability - This is heavy, but expected of the style

Overall - A superb example of a stout.

Photo of JTahoe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark red-black with barely red-brown edges. Thick foamy caramel colored head with sheeting lace. Head settles from 2 fingers to 1/4" then disappearing altogether as the end of the glass nears.

S - Quite subdued in the aroma. Notes of citric hops, big eathy nose, some mustiness and a softened roasted grain. Nothing special going on here, and certainly not when compared to the rest of the beer's characteristics.

T - Deep dark roasted malts and grain with hop bitterness. Fairly complex and difficult to describe in the background, but I taste traces of unsweetened taffy and chocolate-covered-caramel as well as some licorice, toasted nuts (pecan and chestnut), and just a hint of spice.

M - Medium-light body/feel with moderate effervescent carbonation. Silky but studded with prickly bite.

D - A pretty solid Russian Imperial Stout, but not a standout. Definitely worth drinking.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Muddy Pig during their Porter/Stout Week (Festival?) Was very excited to see this on the menu.

A: Black with red hues. Medium Tan head with great lacing.

S: Cook sugars and...roasted meat were the dominant flavors I got

T: Dry roasted. Some dark chocolate. No fruit, not hops.

M: Dry, but smooth

D: Really drinkable for a RIS

Photo of Martin2D
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2008

A - Pitch black with a tan fizzy type head

S - This beer has great smell. It smells hoppy, roasty, caramely sweet.

T - I nailed the serving temp. First you're hit with a burst of hops, which I didn't expect with over a year on the beer. Then roasty notes appear with interesting lighter undertones. I don't know how to describe them, but they are dry notes.

M - I would put this at a medium-full body and medium carbonation. This is a beer that lends itself to be heavily carbed, so I would like a little more.

D - Oh Storm King how you are overlooked. I do it as well, but I promise to drink it more often now instead of buying other beers from far away that aren't as good. Don't make the same mistake yourself.

Photo of Mavajo
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a two finger thick tan/brown head. Retains for a bit, but eventually fades away. Mild lacing. Nose is roasted/burnt malt, bit of hops, coffee, chocolate. Taste hits all the same notes - rich burnt/roasted malt, a hint of hops, the typical coffee/chocolate notes and booze. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. This thing definitely sits in your gut. Very enjoyable, but didn't really seperate itself from the stout pack, in my opinion. I don't have any negative marks against it really - it just didn't necessarily stand out as special. A very good brew nonetheless.

Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours black with medium tan head that is about a finger with little retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is very muted with mostly hops showing through and light chocolate.

The taste is very hopcentric, like darkness, but its realy the only flavor. Its not very complex or exciting.

The feel is light with decent drinkabliity.

This is very ok stout, nothing special.

Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Resurrection Ale House on 12/04/2009. I've had this beer many times in bottles but this was the first time I've sampled it on cask.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges and a one finger foamy chocolate brown head that slowly settles into a lasting cap which leaves streaks of lacing behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with a surprisingly prominent hop presence as well as some roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, booze, caramel, toffee and more chocolate.

Silky chocolate malty body that again is surprisingly hop forward. Much more so than in the bottled version. Very smooth and well balanced with a lot of silky malt flavor and subtle roastiness. Hints of caramel, toffee and subtle roasted coffee bean accompany the luscious lactic creamy darrk chocolate flavor and the subtle hops up front provide a nice balance without providing too much bitterness. A lot of Imperial Stouts I've had lately have been way too aggressively hopped taking away from the creamy sweet maltiness that I like so much but this one is balanced perfectly. The cask conditioning gives this body an incredible quaffale smoothness that takes the roughness off of the bottled version. Dangerously drinkable with an almost undetectable high ABV. I had to slow myself down because I was drinking it entirely too fast. Highly recommended in any version but especially if you have the chance to sample it on cask.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance= Poured out of bottle into tulip/snifter glass a beautiful midnight black with exceptional creamy head leaving behind good lacing.

Aroma= roasted barley malt, cocoa/coffee, and booze. Very tempting and empowering. Cannot wait to sip it.

Taste= Burned maltinesss overpowered by the hops with lingering for minutes after wards, WOW!! Some hints of chocolate and coffee-like flavors. Very nice.

Body=Medium to full-bodied, with minimal carbonation. The subdued, minimized carbonation really helps, as too much carbonation would kill the flavor. Unlike other Victory beers, they actually kept the carbonation level low here.

Outstanding!!! I know others do not like hoppiness in their stouts/imperial stouts, so maybe I'm being biased being a hardcore hophead, but this rocks. I love it. Truly heaven

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is just a deep, viscous, black liquid with a small mocha colored head.

S: The smell is hoppy, a good amount of earthy and citrus hops. There is also a fair amount of booze that comes though. There is also some nice chocolate and roasted malt.

T: The taste offers some nice roasted malt flavor, and some hops. The finish is very bitter and leaves a sort of unpleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue.

M: The feel is a little lighter than other RISes that I've had, but still good. Low carbonation and a medium to full body.

D: The beer is easy to drink, even for 9.1%. But, the unpleasant bitterness that sticks around after the sip is not welcomed.

I had high hopes for this beer, but was not impressed. It might just be a bad batch/bottle, but I don't know if I'll have this one again.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,374 ratings.